The Devil's Dictionary (Paperback)

Author: Bierce, Ambrose

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Complete and unabridged, this paperback gift edition of an American humor classic presents more than 1,000 comic definitions praised by H. L. Mencken as "some of the most gorgeous witticisms in the English language."


Publisher Dover Pubns
Mfg Part# 9780486482248
SKU 219620649
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0486482243
Release Date 5/19/2011
Author Info
Ambrose Bierce
Perhaps best known for his dark definitions in THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY, Ambrose Bierce was the 10th of 13 children born to a poor family of farmers in Ohio. He spent his childhood in Indiana as his parents struggled with their finances. As a young boy, Bierce entered the Kentucky Military Institute, and went on to fight in several Civil War battles. Bierce's father was well-read and had a small library; Ambrose enjoyed reading classic texts like THE ILIAD, and he also worked at an anti-slavery newspaper. After his military engagements and travels, Bierce went to San Francisco, where he began writing and publishing his poems, essays, sketches, and stories. From 1872 to 1875, Bierce and his wife Mollie Day lived in England, where he wrote satirical pieces. He eventually returned to the U.S., where he wrote fiction as well as his newspaper columns for William Randolph Hearst's San Francisco Examiner. His best-known short stories are marked by Gothic elements and dark humor, and many stem from his wartime experiences. In 1913, when he was past 70, Bierce crossed the Mexican border, purportedly in search of Pancho Villa. By the following year he had disappeared without a trace. The mystery of his death has never been solved.
"Little escaped Bierce's razor-sharp pen, which probably accounts for the books remaining in print continuously since its publication in 1911."
"[A] unique dictionary....[A] scathing lexicon..."
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Editors Note "Lawyer: One skilled in circumvention of the law." Wickedly lampooning standard dictionaries, this classic of American humor was an instant success upon its 1911 publication. Complete and unabridged, our new paperback gift edition presents more than 1,000 comic definitions praised by H. L. Mencken as "some of the most gorgeous witticisms in the English language."
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Number of Pages 0339
Publisher Dover Publications
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